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Democracy Now! Monday, October 31, 2011


Published October 31, 2011


Headlines

* 12 U.S. Forces Killed in Deadliest Ground Attack on NATO in Afghan War
* U.S. Ignored Evidence of Afghan Torture; State Dept. Probing Alleged Violations of Leahy Law
* Report: U.S. to Boost Persian Gulf Military Force After Iraq Withdrawal
* 36 Killed in Iraq Bombing
* Dozens Arrested in Occupy Protests Nationwide
* 60 Civilians Reported Dead in Syria Crackdown
* NATO Mission to Formally End in Libya; Gaddafi Son Makes Contact with ICC
* 10 Palestinians, 1 Israeli Killed in Flare-Up
* Prominent Activist, Blogger Jailed in Egypt
* Fukushima Women Lead Anti-Nuclear Protest in Tokyo
* Report: Herman Cain Accused of Sexual Harassment in 1990s
* Leaked Photos Show Foreclosure Firm Mocking Displaced Homeowners at Halloween Party
* U.N. Says World Population Reaches 7 Billion

"Deadly Monopolies": Medical Ethicist Harriet Washington on How Firms are Taking Over Life Itself

One of the major themes raised by the Occupy movement is the increasing power of large corporations over more and more aspects of our lives. We spend the hour looking into the issue of the corporate control of life itself. Our guest, Harriet Washington, is a medical ethicist and has just published a book that examines the extent to which what she calls the medical-industrial complex has come to control human life. In the past 30 years, more than 40,000 patents have been granted on genes alone—many more patents are pending. Washington argues that the biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies patenting these genes are more concerned with profit than with the health or medical needs of patients. Her new book is called "Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself—And the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future."


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